Journal article

The risk of chronic traumatic brain injury in professional boxing: change in exposure variables over the past century

H Clausen, P McCrory, V Anderson

British Journal of Sports Medicine | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2005

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: To determine if boxing exposure has changed over time and hence if current professional boxers are at the same risk of developing chronic traumatic brain injury (CTBI) as historical controls. DESIGN: Literature review of published studies and analysis of data of active professional boxers. SUBJECTS: Professional boxers in the United Kingdom and Australia. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Boxing history and participation in sparring and professional bouts. RESULTS: Since the 1930s, the average duration of a professional boxer's career has dropped from 19 years to five years, and the mean number of career bouts has reduced from 336 to 13. This is despite no significant decline in participati..

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